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Mission

To provide technical, regulatory information and training to environmental and clinical laboratory personnel to assist laboratorians in producing quality laboratory data to help protect public health and the environment. 

This is accomplished by: 

  • Consultation 
    • Laboratorians call in or send email to request technical and regulatory information. The requested information is provided by the staff consultants, who research applicable regulations and approved analytical methods. They work with the surveyors who perform the laboratory audits, as well as other experts from the State Public Health Laboratory and other Federal and State regulatory agencies.
  • Mediation Between Agencies 
    • Technical Resources personnel serve as mediators between laboratorians and various regulatory agencies, such as the USEPA and the ADEQ. These relationships allow laboratorians to keep up-to-date on information about rapidly changing regulatory requirements for laboratories. The office also relays concerns of the laboratorians to agency personnel, and works as an intermediary in resolving problems with the implementation of regulations. As a result of this mediation, regulations have been amended. 
  • Information Updates
    • The Technical Resources and Training section sends out periodic "Information Updates" via fax to environmental laboratories licensed by the State of Arizona, and some other members of the environmental community, totaling over 200 facilities. The Information Updates contain information on new federal or state regulations from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and Arizona Laboratory Licensure. They also include mandated methodology changes, clarifications on environmental issues, and training announcements.
      The general public can obtain hard copies of the "Information Updates" by contacting any of the licensure staff at (602) 364-0720. There will be a charge of 25 cents per page for non-Arizona licensed laboratories. 
  • Additional Resources
    • Links to various documents and resources.